Rare vintage 14 karat yellow gold tie bar clip decorated with a very dapper 1950's male golfer, dressed in stylish golf knickers and a classic Ben Hogan golfer's cap, captured at the end the follow-through on his swing. A perfect Christmas gift for the avid golfer in your family!!
Originally a widely popular in the late 19th - early 20th centuries – known variously as the newsboy, cabbie or "Gatsby" cap - this style of cap became a favorite of stylish golfers in the mid 20th century. Among golfers, it was best known as the golf cap of choice worn by the famous American professional golfer Ben Hogan.
The tie bar is decorated in a hatch-mark pattern. The golfer has a rough unpolished finish. The tie-bar, clip, and golfer are all separately marked 14K on the back-side. We're not gemologists, but the golfer's eye appears to us to be a ruby.
This tie clasp was acquired by us in 2003 with a group of other fine jewelry items at an estate sale in Newport, Rhode Island of a woman who traveled the world extensively in the 1950s and 1960s. We believe this dates to that era.
This 14K yellow gold tie bar weighs 5.5 grams. It measures 1-1/2 inches wide x 7/8 inches high, and extended almost completely across the narrow ties in style in the 1960's. However, it would still look fine either clipped to today's wider man's ties, or as a lady's accessory piece.
PHOTO NOTE: Some photos do not show the mellow yellow gold patina as well as others. The yellow gold color is very pronounced as seen in person.
CONDITION NOTE: In excellent condition, with great gold patina. The tie bar has a hatch mark pattern. The golfer has a rough finish. Undamaged with no noticeable scratches to the finish.